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COC adds new summer session

Posted: June 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Bolstered by funds from the recent Proposition 30 sales and income tax hikes, College of the Canyons has added a new summer school session with more than 100 courses to its catalog.

The courses, which will be offered at the college’s campuses in Canyon Country and Valencia as well as online, are part of a new five-week summer session the college was able to implement this year, according to college spokesman Bruce Battle.

A big reason for the increase in courses, Battle said, is money the college has received from Proposition 30, a voter-approved measure that raised state sales and income tax levels to divert more money to education.

“It really has made a difference,” Battle said of Proposition 30. “A lot of that money went toward restoring funding for us.”

COC had already announced an expansion in its summer courses. Barry Gribbons, the college’s vice president of institutional development, technology and online services, told The Signal in April that the college was planning to offer around 600 courses for the summer, an increase of 25 percent over last year.

Gribbons said Thursday there are more than 14,000 enrollments at COC this summer, even before the new session was added. The number of enrollments represents the number of seats available to students, not the head count enrollment, according to Gribbons.

“This (new session) increases the opportunity for more than 3,000 additional student enrollments,” Gribbons wrote in an email.

COC places a large emphasis on its summer session, Battle said, because of the wide cross section of people who can attend during those months.

These include high school students looking for a jump start on college and four-year university students who return home to the Santa Clarita Valley and want to get ahead in their studies.

“A big summer really does help a huge, wide and diverse group of students,” Battle said.

Summer enrollment fees for COC are set at $46 per unit and most courses are three units, according to college officials.


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